Kingsborough Community College (KCC) radio station, WKRB, officially opened its doors after extensive renovations with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the college annual Homecoming on October 14,
The six-month and nearly $500,000 renovation allowed Kingsborough to not only upgrade the equipment students use to broadcast to the surrounding Brooklyn community, but also to completely re-design the layout of the radio station, creating a new workflow that mimics the design of many of New York’s top commercial radio stations.
The new design also includes a brand new 20-seat “smart classroom” in which many media technology & management courses will now be taught. This new technologically advanced facility gives students the opportunity to study the history and theory of radio in the classroom and then step out and learn the practice in a fully-functional, ultramodern radio station.
WKRB is a 10-watt FM station that broadcasts to the Brooklyn community on 90.3 FM. The station can also be heard 24 hours a day at www.wkrb.org.
International Business Machines (IBM), has donated 45 KidSmart Early Learning Centers to CUNY child-care centers on fourteen campuses, including four to the Kingsborough child-care center.
The generous donation, made at the beginning of the fall 2011 semester, is in response to a proposal developed by Kirstin Swanson, director of Development at Kingsborough and Heather Brown, director of the Kingsborough child-care center.
A grant to support installation and training was included in the donation.
The KidSmart Early Learning Program, which includes the Young Explorer, is a computer housed in brightly colored, kid-friendly Little Tikes furniture and equipped with award-winning educational software to help children learn and explore concepts in math, science and language.
The computer centers can also help children learn crucial socialization skills such as sharing and working together, which reinforces the educational and developmental goals of the CUNY child-care centers.
William Keller, vice president for Finance and Administration of Kingsborough Community College (KCC), has announced that the Office of Information Technology Services has won a CUNY Productivity Award for the installation of Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) tags on several hundred IT related assets for security and inventory purposes. The project saves the college up to $172,000 a year in inventory costs and theft prevention.
“We are very pleased that the success of our IT team in devising means to better manage our IT related assets and save the college thousands of dollars was recognized by CUNY,” said Asif Hussain, KCC’s Chief Information Officer
Kingsborough Community College Receives $10G Student Scholarship Grant from Northfield Bank Foundation
Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College (KCC), Brooklyn’s only community college, today announced that the college has been awarded a second $10,000 scholarship grant by the Northfield Bank Foundation. The first award was made in June, 2010. The grant will provide a $500 scholarship for twenty students from Staten Island and select areas of Brooklyn, helping them stay in school and achieve their educational goals. To be eligible to receive scholarships, students must be in good academic standing.
“The entire KCC community joins me in thanking the Northfield Bank Foundation for their generosity in awarding a grant to provide financial aid to our students who need assistance to continue their studies,” said Dr. Peruggi. “More than 18,000 degree-seeking students were enrolled at KCC this past spring, coming from 142 countries and speaking 73 languages.
They are determined and persistent, but they need financial support and the grant from Northfield Bank Foundation will be immensely beneficial to them.”
Kingsborough Community College nursing students participate in a transcultural experience in Ecuador
On June 19, 2011, at 1 AM, eight third-semester clinical nursing students and three nursing faculty and staff members boarded a plane for Ecuador and began a journey that is likely to change them forever.
The faculty at KCC provided the clinical nursing students the opportunity to take part in the life of another country and to become clinically immersed in its culture. Professor George W. Contreras, director of the Allied Health Programs at KCC, initiated the project by submitting a proposal that was selected for a President’s Faculty Innovation Award to fund a week-long trip to Ecuador for Nursing faculty and third semester clinical nursing students.
The students worked in several hospitals including the Ecuadorean Institute of Social Security (IESS), Provincial Hospital Dr. Verdi Cevallos Balda, and Hospital General Rodriguez Zambrano in the cities of Portoviejo and Manta. They visited the Orphanage Casa Hogar De Belen and distributed toys and clothing to the children in residence. A visit to a not-for-profit organization (Fundacion de Ninos San Lucas) opened the door for future visits. Student participants plan to organize a fund raising effort for the Fundacion de Ninos San Lucas through the Nursing Club.
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY)—founding and largest chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International—a philanthropic organization whose members encompass women of achievement in the fine food, beverage and hospitality industry, awarded 20 Make A Difference Scholarships totaling $47,300 at a reception on July 13. Kingsborough Community College students, Jennifer Zhou and Yonette Williams, were among the scholarship recipients.
LDNY received 60 applications from a diverse group of talented women pursuing degrees in the culinary arts, food nutrition, fine beverage and hospitality fields. Scholarships are granted on the basis of the applicant’s resume, transcript and grade point average, growth experience plus professional and personal references. Applicants are also required to submit an essay, describing their achievements, career goals and the reason they merit financial sponsorship.
By Brandon Moriarty
A small group of Kingsborough Community College (KCC) Health students have launched a campaign to make a big difference in the health of children before they are conceived.
In February, four students took the powerful messages they received in November as U.S. Office of Minority Health Preconception Health trainees to St. Francis College, in Brooklyn Heights, as trainers. Financially supported by the New York Chapter of March of Dimes, this two-day training had a clear message: if you take steps to become healthy before conceiving a child, your child’s odds of living to celebrate his or her first birthday will increase dramatically.
The students, members of the KCC Community Health Club and advised by KCC Community Health co-director Dr. Karen Denard Goldman, conducted a Preconception Peer Educator
Training event to inspire and prepare other students to spread awareness of a lesser-known – yet critically important – health issue. The students are trainers Farrah Denis, Xondra Garraway, Brandon Moriarty, and Colleen Seymour.
On February 18, at 12 noon, in the Recital Hall of the CUNY Graduate Center, four Kingsborough public safety officers were awarded medals at CUNY’s 2nd Annual Medal Award Recognition Ceremony for their courageous performance on October 7, at approximately 4:30 p.m., when they responded to a tragic scene on Oriental Boulevard and Falmouth Street.
Evan Svirsky, 4, was struck and killed by a B49 bus. His mother, Irina Liberman, 45, tried to save him and, in the process, was struck on the head by the bus mirror, rendering her critical. Evan’s brother, 6, was with them at the time but was unhurt.
Edgar Troudt and Christoph Winkler Won the Prestigious Michael Ribaudo Award for Computing Achievements
Kingsborough’s Edgar Troudt, technology director for the CUNY Institute of Virtual Enterprise (IVE) and Dr. Christoph Winkler, associate and curriculum director for IVE, won the prestigious 2010 Dean Michael Ribaudo Award for computing achievements.
The award recognizes individuals who have played a role in the development of technology benefitting their college, its faculty, staff and students. It honors Michael Ribaudo, the late CUNY Dean of Computer Information Systems and Chief Technology Officer.
The award was presented by CUNY-IT at its annual conference on December 3, 2010.
More than 400 Kingsborough Community College (KCC) students and more than 60 Brooklyn high school students gathered, in November, in the Marine Academic Center (MAC), to learn from a panel of Kings County Court judges and criminal justice practitioners what they should and should not do when stopped by police.
The forum, entitled “Legal or Illegal: Perceptions and Realities of the Criminal Justice System,” was co-sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy, and Political Science and the Men’s Resource Center. It was led by Dr. Christopher Chapman, assistant professor, and Michael Rodriguez, director of the Men’s Resource Center.